A BSN degree prepares you to work in all health care settings and provides the greatest opportunity for advancement in today's nursing field. Robert Morris University's BSN degree is a 120-credit program offering two different "tracks" of study, designed to meet each student's specific needs. The Traditional Track is designed for high school graduates without a college degree or R.N. licensure. The first two years of the program involve core courses in liberal arts and sciences with the nursing courses beginning in the second semester of the freshmen year. Clinical courses beginning in the junior year. Students in this track are admitted to the nursing program as freshmen or as transfer students but must meet progression criteria to advance in the nursing program.
The Second Degree Accelerated BSN Track is for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in other fields, such as science, humanities or business. Students must complete the RMU core requirements plus prerequisite credits prior to beginning clinical courses. Depending on the previous degree, varying numbers of these credits can be filled by advanced placement or transfer credits. Once admitted to clinical courses, students can complete the degree in four semesters over 15 months. Following the completion of the B.S.N. degree, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for practice as a registered nurse.
The RN to BSN program at Robert Morris University is designed for RNs who want to pursue an advanced degree. This program recognizes that Registered Nurses, prepared with an Associate Degree or Diploma, have valuable professional education and experience upon which to build. The innovative RN to BSN program is offered completely online, incorporates RISE Center virtual simulation experiences led by Dr. Kardong-Edgren, and can be completed quickly, taking 2 courses each semester.